Life After Prison

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Barry Gibbs and David Shepard spent years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. They've both been exonerated, but freedom hasn't been easy. Find out why it’s so difficult to return to the outside world. Also: what jokes can teach us about philosophy. On States of the Union, the election issues that matter in Massachusetts. And word maven Patricia T. O’Conner!

The Leonard Lopate Show is hosting a listener photo project! Send us a photo of a random object that has special meaning to you, and tell us the story behind the object. Find out how to submit here.

We also want your New Year's food ideas. Submit your recipe here.


Barry Gibbs, Patricia T. O'Conner and David Shepard

Exonerated: Life After Wrongful Imprisonment

Barry Gibbs spent 19 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. David Shepard was wrongfully convicted of rape, and served 10 years of a 30-year sentence. Both were exonerated. But exoneration comes with its own set of challenges. Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Shepard, and Innocence Project attorney Vanessa Potkin ...

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Philosophy is Funny

What the Hegel and Bette Midler have in common? Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein say that jokes can help us understand the great philosophical traditions. Their new book is Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar is ...

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States of the Union: Massachusetts

Several major politicians have earned their political stripes in Massachusetts -- including Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and now Mitt Romney. On States of the Union, we find out how Bay State voters feel about Mitt Romney…as well as whether their universal health care policy has been a success, ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language...including some of the more interesting new words of 2007.

Patricia T. O’Conner’s Woe is I Jr.: The Younger Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English is available for purchase at

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Michael Lomonaco’s New Year’s recipes

Baby Back Ribs with Sherry Vinegar and Honey

4 racks baby back pork ribs (5-6 lb total weight), cut into individual ribs
1 cup Spanish sherry vinegar
1 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon chipotle chilies in ...


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